Mommy Monday: How the Flu Can be Fatal

Lynchburg, VA - A new report from the CDC shows how dangerous it can be for your kids if they don't get a flu vaccine.

It finds 830 kids died from flu-related complications between October 2004 and September 2012.

Most of those kids, they say, did not get a flu shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the most common complication was pneumonia.

Here's the really scary part of this report. It shows 43% of the kids who died were otherwise healthy.

The children didn't have any high-risk medical conditions like diabetes or asthma.

The study finds that 63% of the children that died passed away within seven days of the onset of flu symptoms.

More than 56% of kids got the flu shot, according to the study. It looked at children from 6 months old to 17 years old.

The CDC recommends all children 6 months or older get the vaccine every year.

The CDC says the report did not include numbers from last year's flu season. There were 167 pediatric deaths in that time.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off